Saturday, September 28, 2013

Annual Autumn Mask Ball

Below is the winner of my Polyvore group contest "Annual Autumn Mask Ball".  The object was to create a window set idea that could be used to decorate my Polyvore shop windows for our Mask Ball Sale.   This unusual rendition in white was both eye catching and upscale.  I had 63 entries and it was very hard to choose our 12 winners.  Congratulations to all our group members who entered.
 Annual Autumn Mask Ball

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Woodland Violets

We all have some good memories stored away.  We bring them out once in awhile. Our mind brings fresh air as we comb though the cobwebs, sitting these memories free, if only for a few minutes, before they are stored away again.
I was thinking of a childhood memory when I made this set for a Polyvore contest.   I am a country girl from the foothills of Virginia.   In the country, when land is cleared and then not used, small saplings will spring up and form a thicket.  There was one such thicket beside our house. It was filled with locust trees, blooming with great white flowers.
But that is not for this post.
Deep in the thicket (deep to a child) there was a small clearing where an old apple tree stood.  In the spring it would also be filled with beautiful white fragrant blooms.
Under that apple tree there was a carpet of blooming wild violets.  To a child this was heaven.  To this day I cannot forget that wonderful sight.
Now some 50 years later I consider myself lucky to have a patch of wild violets under an old shrub in the side yard.  I love it when they bloom. My husband likes his lawn mower and every year I have to plead with him to not mow them down until they bloom and I can grab hold of my memory once again. I am funny that way.  I love wild flowers all around me.  They are flashbacks to my childhood. I know most of you will not agree with me, preferring nice lawns, and that is OK.  Just stand aside and allow me my wild violets! Woodland Violets

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fireplace Decorations

This is my fall fireplace decoration 2012.   I used found decor from the woods and the wood that we burn in the fireplace.   When I added flowers and pumpkins it became very colorful! 
This is a close up of the left side of the fireplace.  It's just found pieces of wood, my friend.   Great rustic feeling!  Below is a close up of the right side.  Before I put up the wooden slab florals on the wall, I had a fall picture above this piece. 

Memory Driven

What do you like to do when it rains?  In the summertime, when I have no place to go, I like to walk in the rain. While it is raining, I have been known to read a good book.  But my favorite thing to do when it rains is take a nap.
I think this dates back to my childhood time when I would read "The Wind In The Willows" and "The Little House" series.  I loved the feeling I would get as the family would settle down and sleep safe and sound while the weather raged outside.  I also loved, and still love, the bible verse about being safe under the Master's wings.   Even now, I will snuggle down deep under the cover, pray the Master's care, and fall asleep listening to the rain on the roof.  I even have a tin roof on the bath, opening off the bedroom, just so I can listen to the sound of falling raindrop's.
This picture below shows my heart for my Savior, family and home.  
When the world around us causes alarm, the only real peace is with Jesus Christ. Memory Driven